Tom Russell

Rider On An Orphan Train

Tom Russell

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Rider On An Orphan Train

	  		
        C                G 
Once I rode an orphan train 
          G7             C 
And my brother did the same 
                         F 
They split us up in Missouri 
           C   G                C 
James was five     and I was three 

                       G 
He got taken by some pair 
         F                C 
But for me they did not care 
                           F 
We were brave and did not cry 
            C   G             C 
When they made    us say goodbye 


                            F 
That was the last I saw of him 
              C             G       
Before some family took me in 
         C             F 
But I swore I'd run away 
              C      G          C 
And find my brother James someday 

                         G 
I went back when I was grown 
             F               C 
To find our old Children's Home 
                            F 
And I asked for to see my file 
            C   G              C 
Of when I was     an orphan child 

                                     G 
It's sad, they say, there's been a flood 
              F                C 
File washed away in Missouri mud 
                            F 
Sometimes life is a stone wall 
            C     G                C 
You either climb,    or else you fall 

                           F 
In every town, on every street 
          C           G 
All the faces that I meet 
         C                    F 
And I wonder, could this one be 
             C    G                 C  
My brother James      come back to me 

                                 G 
Though I don't know where he's gone 
           G7                   C 
I have searched my whole life long 
                          F 
Now I roam from town to town 
                  C    G               C 
But there's no orphan     lost-and-found 

                                F 
Sometimes I dream a pleasant sight 
             C            G 
My brother James and I unite 
         C                F 
Remembering our last goodbye 
            C    G                C 
No longer brave,    we start to cry 

                            F 
I hope he lives a life of ease 
              C                   G 
And all his days a soft, warm breeze 
        C            F 
May he sit upon a throne 
              C    G            C 
And may he never        sleep alone 


                         G 
Once I rode an orphan train 
         G7              C 
And my brother did the same 
                          F 
They split us up in Missouri 
            C   G                C 
James was five       and I was three 
		  

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